Plumpton Head Farm is set within 600 acres of agricultural land north of Penrith It is an established dairy farm that has been run by the Threlfell family for over 60 years. The farm manages 250 dairy cows and employs two fulltime, locally based staff to help the running of the business. At a time when energy prices are rising dramatically, with such a high energy usage it is vitally important to the applicant’s business to reduce the exposure of the business to such price increases. An agreement with the clients’ current milk provider also requires a reduction in the business’ carbon footprint. The client considered the range of technologies available and determined that Gaia-Wind turbines were the most suitable means of doing this.
Two 11kW Gaia-Wind turbines were installed by Sustainable Energy Systems Ltd at Plumpton Head Farm in February 2014. The energy produced by these turbines provides electricity directly to Plumpton Head Farm. It is being used to cool milk, heat water, power the scrapers, slurry mixers, separate slurry, as well as powering the vast amount of lighting within the farm buildings.